Saturday, December 31, 2011
Originally I had planned on going somewhere else for New Year's Eve, maybe a trip to Paris or somewhere south, but when I calculated what it would cost me, I quickly dropped the calculator and decided to save my money. Hehehe. I planned on staying home, watching television, but it broke my sister's heart to think that her baby sister would stay at home for New Year's Eve having a mini-depression. Her and her husband were going to a soiree at a nearby village (Val de Bride) and I finally agreed to go with them.
Monday, December 26, 2011
Every year, DO hosts a Christmas Day lunch for her mother and father-in-law, her uncle and aunt, and family friends. I am here to take to help, take photos, and of course taste the end product. Hehehehe. It's been weeks since she's known what she will make for the lunch, but lately she has decided to make something simple for dinner as well, in case the peeps want to stay the night and have an all-day food trip. Her something simple is Pate Lorrain.
Sunday, December 25, 2011
Each family have their own set of traditions during special occasions. In my sister's family, Christmas Eve dinner is shuffled between her and her in-laws, but she always hosts a Christmas Day lunch for her husband's parents, their aunt and uncle, and a few family friends. This year was no exception for this tradition and we woke up super early to prepare for today's meal.
Hello Friends! :) Just wanted to greet you all a MERRY CHRISTMAS! Wherever you are right now, I hope you are doing well and having a great time with your friends and family. Today is a special day and let's not forget the true meaning of Christmas for we are all blessed and lucky. Celebrating Christmas alone is not easy for me, but I take my strength from by family, friends, and my blog and knowing that my loved ones and I are healthy. Take care everyone and God bless! :)
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
On my birthday, I really wanted to eat seafood for dinner. This was my only request. Hehehe. I especially wanted some Ecrevisses or Crayfish as I've never had any in the Philippines. But seafood is quite limited in this region of France and that's why we ended up having limited seafood choices on my birthday dinner. But I have no complaints because I did get what I wanted which was seafood. But I was ecstatic when my Brother-in-Law got a call from a friend about their hunting schedule and told him that he had hundreds and hundreds of ecrevisses on-hand. Nice as he is, TH, my brother-in-law thought of me and asked how much he was selling his ecrevisses. Little did we know that his friend would drop by a couple of days later bringing with him two full trays already cooked as gifts! BIG THANKS! :)
Monday, December 19, 2011
The news had announced it: there would be snow within the week! And I was waiting excitedly! Do you know how long it's been since I last saw snow in real? About 17 years! And I've missed it! One of my best memories of my mom and I involved a snow fight. LOL. So I waited and waited. And finally, one morning, I looked out my window and saw white everywhere. SNOW! :)
Sunday, December 18, 2011
My Brother-in-Law and Nephew like to go hunting in nearby woods and forests. but hunting in France is no joke. There is a specific season, which is winter (perfect for now) and only hunters with a special hunting permit are allowed to fire a gun. For example, if my husband (who has no hunting permit) was to join the hunt, he would be part of the trackers, which is the group that brings the hunting dogs and makes noise to encourage the wild animals to go out of their hiding place for the hunters to shoot them. It may sound cruel for some, but it is a legal activity when done properly and very enjoyable for many.
Saturday, December 17, 2011
At around lunchtime, we took a break from shopping and hunger sank in. But finding a good place to eat was a hard task and after several failed attempts, we could not find ourselves a decent restaurant / bistro to eat at. Waiting was not an option anymore as it was almost 2pm and our stomachs were barking loudly. We went inside the next best thing: McDonald's. We weren't planning to end up here, but we did. And even here, it was hard to find a table! It was fully packed! My niece, MO, and I had to wait a good 20 minutes for a table to be vacant, while my sister and brother-in-law were taking care of our orders.
On the weekend after my birthday, we decided we would spend the day at Nancy, which is about 30 minutes from where we live, and do our Christmas gift shopping. The four of us (my sister, brother-in-law, niece, and I) left early in the morning and we were all ready to spend the day walking and shopping!
Thursday, December 15, 2011
For my birthday, there was only one thing I knew I wanted to eat: SEAFOOD! :) More than anything else I miss from Cebu, I think I've started to miss fish and seafood the most. And I was determined to go shopping to get me some. After all, it is my special day, right? :)
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
When my sister announced the other day that she was having lunch today with her sister-in-law and bringing me along, I immediately agreed to come. I'd be crazy to miss this opportunity, don't you think?! This was a girl's day-out. I wondered what the men would be doing especially for lunch, but I was told that they would be attending the same meeting and a meal would be prepared for them. You see, my sister's husband is a farmer who owns an enormous parcel of land for cereals and cows. My sister's sister-in-law's husband (phew!) lol) is a farmer as well. The lands and the animals are impressive to see, I tell you. But I was glad that we were taking the day off today to go out and have lunch at a restaurant.
Saturday, December 10, 2011
The French are known to be big cheese eaters. Like bread, it is always present in the dining table whether it is a special meal or just a regular weekday. The Great General Charles de Gaulle once said, "How can you govern a country which has two hundred and forty-six varieties of cheese?" With that said it would be sad not to take advantage of that, right? Cheese is consumed in dozens of ways. With bread, by itself, in dishes, and in the case of tonight's dinner - in a Fondue.
Friday, December 9, 2011
So last night my niece asked me if I could make some pancakes for breakfast today. I told her I would do it and there would be a plateful of pancakes as soon as she woke up in the morning. The twinkle in her eyes told me she was excited. You see, pancakes aren't common in France. You will easily find crepes and waffles for sale or at home, which is strange as the batter of the pancakes is approximately the same as the waffle and the crepe's batter. But anyways... Having made my share of pancakes in Cebu, I was glad to do this for them.
Thursday, December 8, 2011
My sister's mother-in-law has an amazing garden where she grows vegetables and fruits all year long. She definitely has green thumbs! And since she lives next door, she comes over once in a while to bring some of her wonders. She has brought us green salads, in which you can really tell the difference with the ones you buy in supermarkets. I find they are more flavorful and not as hard. This time she brought us a celeriac root.
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
My brother-in-law, TH, owns a huge farm here in the region of Lorraine in France. In this farm, he is responsable for 300+ cows and cereals. It is a HUGE farm which is right outside of their home. It is so big that you don't even see half of it from eyepoint. The cows, I do have a glimpse of once in a while when he lets them out in the guarded park. Nowadays, it is the time when most of his cows give birth and he usually has 1-2 per day. He has calculated to have 140 cute little veals from now until the beginning of February. In turn, he takes care of the veals until they grow. And from time to time, he kills the cows and sells the meat to clients. Naturally, we eat a lot of meat here. In fact, since I've been here, they've already killed 3 cows and the freezer at home is full of meat parts to be cooked. We are very lucky to have good meat, but I do crave for fish and seafood from time to time.
Sunday, December 4, 2011
Out the whole day (shopping, what else! LOL), we were too lazy to cook dinner for the men back home. But then again, the men went hunting the whole day and we knew they were still full from their late lunch. Still, we decided to stop on the way home at a nearby village and bring home some pizzas for us.
Saturday, December 3, 2011
Midweek, the woman in charge of translating my Filipino driver's license called me at home to tell me that the French translation was ready for pick up. According to the French law, this translation accompanied by my Filipino driver's license will allow me to drive in France for a duration of 1 year, while I process my papers to exchange my Filipino license to a French one. This is actually good news as I thought it would be harder than that to get a French driver's license. But to get the driver's license, that meant that I would have to go to Metz, which is about a 30 minute car ride from here.
Thursday, December 1, 2011